Saudi Arabia officially notified the United Nations on Tuesday of its decision to reject a seat on the UN Security Council, which UN diplomats said clears the way for the likely election of Jordan as a replacement.
In the face of a UN Security Council deadlocked on Syria, the US and its allies could seek other means of legitimising any retaliatory strike they launch against Syria's government for last week's alleged gas attack on civilians.
Bahrain has dropped more than 1,000 cases against medical professionals for their alleged role in the unrest last year, said a senior government official at a United Nations Human Rights session.
A further 142 officials are currently being
Supporters of a no-fly zone to halt Libyan government air strikes on rebels circulated a draft resolution at the UN Security Council on Tuesday that would authorise one, but other states said questions remained.
The United Arab Emirates' central bank has frozen four Iranian bank accounts cited in a United Nations Security Council blacklist after uncovering their presence in the UAE banking system, a paper said on Tuesday.
A UN resolution of June 9
The UN Security Council is set to impose a new round of sanctions on a defiant Iran on Wednesday over a nuclear program that Western powers suspect is aimed at developing atomic weapons.
The 15-nation council meets at 10
Iran is still ready to negotiate a solution to its nuclear stand-off with the West, but only on the condition that foreign powers agree to a fuel swap on Iranian territory, the foreign ministry said on Monday.
With Washington seeking suppo
Seven Western countries said the UN Security Council could not agree on the future of Kosovo, which declared independence on Sunday, and its security and stability must be assured through the European Union and Nato.
"We regret that the Se